D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Ramblings Of An Unsettled Web Developer...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 5:48 PM

I remember playing this game on my Sega Genesis...it was one of the Phantasy Star series where eventually your character had to get married. Who you chose as your wife would determine which character you would get in the *next* generation (or phase of the game). I feel like I'm reliving that, only my console has been replaced with the world wide web and my choices aren't nearly as sexy.

For the last 7 years we've been learning the web form framework, learning the ins and outs of state management (regardless of your opinion if its good or bad), how to manage postbacks, and how to make the web bend and do summersaults based on what our needs were. And here we are again, looking at the next big paradigm shift: Webforms are still around, Rails-like frameworks are the new trend, and we have a vector based Flash-like framework that we can code in .NET. I find it funny that so many are wondering whether web forms will go away because of the new MVC framework Microsoft is developing, and *totally* ignore the bigger threat: being able to develop winform-like applications that will run on the web using Silverlight. If I'm a web developer, THAT sounds sexier to me then figuring out which *new* way to generate HTML I'm going to use.

When I got out of college in 2001, I jumped into a web-form gig...and didn't look back. That's been my focus for the last 7 years. I think I'm at a point again where I'm graduating from the first phase of my career into the second, and its time to re-evaluate my skill set and what offerings I need to be bringing. Technologies are changing, bleeding edge is becoming cutting edge, and it might be the right time to re-align my focus.

Do you guys feel that way sometimes? Do you consciously look out over the landscape and pick out a few technology destinations to work towards every few years when you get that wanderlust feeling?

D




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You've lost that loving feeling
Oh that loving feeling
Bring back that loving feeling
Now it's gone gone gone
And I can't go on
No-oh-oh 4/23/2008 6:44 PM | Blogus Maximus

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I'm pretty sure that was on the Karaoke list...why didn't you perform?! ;) 4/23/2008 6:51 PM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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I have not heard anyone say that web forms is going to be superceeded by Asp.net MVC. It would be nice, but it is simply not possible.

Personnaly, I will be approaching silverlight with caution. Remember, this is not the first time we have seen this client-side programming model, and all previous attempts have fallen on their faces. 4/23/2008 11:59 PM | Liam McLennan

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Nobody from Microsoft is saying that, but there's some fear/misinformation in the community about why this new framework is coming out and what it means for web forms.

You're right in that ActiveX controls didn't work out the way it was hoped, but it was a good evolutionary step. I think that Silverlight, especially with the integration with WPF and the flash-like deployment, is a much better platform to bet on goign forward than previous offerings.

D 4/24/2008 12:04 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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We're banking heavy on Silverlight for a project I'm working on right now...but that's all I'll say until we get closer to launch (September).
4/24/2008 7:21 AM | Lou

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Ahh, the lure of "wanderlust"....

My profession "forces" me to stay on top of most emerging technologies, but many of my thoughts are on technologies long gone, and some of the things that ae lost along with it.

As you may have guessed from my other comment to you on "Language Evangalist", I have been at this game for quite a while (35+ years), and while there is no doubt that technology has come a long way, there have also been many (often "cultural") losses along the journey.

4/24/2008 8:12 AM | TheCPUWizard

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